Archive for Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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Company not happy county passed it over for water line project at Berry Plastics facility
April 4, 2012
The low bidder of a water line project leading to a new Berry Plastics facility is angry that the Douglas County Commission passed over its bid.
Roaming zebra returned to rancher
April 4, 2012
The patrol says one of its troopers came across a zebra Tuesday grazing beside an Interstate 70 ramp west of Topeka. The striped animal turned out to be an escapee from a nearby ranch, whose owner came to the scene and coaxed it back into a fenced area with treats.
Charge dismissed in domestic case
April 4, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors on Wednesday dismissed an aggravated assault charge against a 32-year-old Lawrence man accused in a March domestic incident.
Affinitas layoffs, closure in works
April 4, 2012
One of Lawrence’s larger call center operations is going through a major downsizing and layoffs.
Ex-U.N. ambassador: U.S. taking wrong approach to foreign ‘trouble spots’
April 4, 2012
A former United States ambassador to the United Nations called for an increased attention to international affairs Wednesday, arguing a strong America is critical to an economically prosperous one.
Danny Manning joins impressive Tulsa coaching lineage
April 4, 2012
It didn’t take long for Danny Manning to realize the lineage of Tulsa basketball.
Rain washes out Wednesday sporting events
April 4, 2012
A number of afternoon sporting events have been called off Wednesday afternoon due to inclement weather in Lawrence.
Kansas driver’s licenses remain on hold
April 4, 2012
The Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles remains unable to issue new driver’s licenses or non-driver identification cards because of persistent computer problems.
Legislative budget impasse will cause court closings, furloughs, Chief Justice Nuss says
April 4, 2012
The court closings and unpaid furloughs are set for April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25 and June 8.
Man seeks reversal of conviction in ‘74 slaying
April 4, 2012
A former school janitor serving life in prison for the 1974 killing of a 13-year-old Johnson County girl is seeking to have his conviction thrown out over what he says was judicial error at his second trial for the slaying.
Civil rights symposium scheduled in Overland Park
April 4, 2012
A researcher who investigates hate groups for the Southern Poverty Law Center will be the featured speaker at a June civil rights symposium in Kansas.
Lawrence, Eudora Scouts to conduct food drive on April 14
April 4, 2012
Lawrence and Eudora Cub, Boy and Girl Scouts will host a “Scouting for Food” drive on April 14.
Lawrence woman, 39, arrested on aggravated battery charge
10:04 a.m., April 4, 2012 Updated 03:46 p.m.
A 39-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested early Wednesday morning following a disturbance at a home in the 700 block of Walnut Street.
Town Talk: Bigg’s to open burger joint at Sixth and Wakarusa; key hearing for 12th and Haskell Recycling Center set for Thursday; land transfers for the week
April 4, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Douglas county land transfers for the week ending March 26, 2012
April 4, 2012
Land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds for the week ending March 26, 2012.
A rush to — or from — judgment?
April 4, 2012 in print edition on A8
Once upon a time in the late ‘90s, a certain black newswoman was awarded her own column. She wrote 12 pieces, three of them about race. That was too many for her boss, who told her to tone it down. Confused, she went to a white colleague for advice. He explained that, being black, she lacked the judgment to decide if a given racial matter merited a column. In the future, he suggested, if she saw some racial issue she thought worth writing about, she should bring it to him and let him decide.
Lecompton elects council members
April 4, 2012
Lecompton residents elected three City Council members Tuesday.
Franklin County man convicted in pair of Lawrence robberies
April 4, 2012
A Douglas County jury Tuesday convicted a 23-year-old Franklin County man in connection with two robberies in Lawrence that occurred last year.
State testing postponed because of late NCAA championship game
April 4, 2012
Lawrence school district students had the Jayhawks to thank for a slight reprieve in state assessment testing.
City seeks ideas for skate park
April 4, 2012
Leaders with the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department are looking for feedback on proposed improvements to the city skate park in Centennial Park.
Outgoing mayor reflects on year
Cromwell touts KU partnership, library plan progress
April 4, 2012
Lawrence city government has embarked on a new era of cooperation with business, and in particular Kansas University, outgoing Mayor Aron Cromwell said Tuesday night in his state of the city address.
Have faith in these dessert recipes, for Passover and beyond
April 4, 2012
Like many bakers, I have recipes in my repertoire that I reserve for certain holidays. As my children gobble up rugelach during Hanukkah, they wonder why I never make these delicious cookies in January or May. After enjoying buttery slices of Irish soda bread on St. Patrick’s Day, my husband tells me I really should put his favorite quick bread into the regular rotation.
The power of the grill sweetens spring asparagus
April 4, 2012
I have always loved asparagus. But the minute I tasted grilled asparagus, it went from a vegetable I liked to one that I was madly in love with.
Invite new flavors to your Easter table
April 4, 2012
Easter is a time for honored family traditions. From Easter hats, egg hunts and meals shared with those you love, each celebration creates its own special memories.
More than a dozen hurt after tornadoes strike Dallas area
April 4, 2012
Tornadoes raked the Dallas area Tuesday, crumbling a wing of a nursing home, peeling roofs from dozens of homes and spiraling big-rig trailers into the air like footballs. More than a dozen injuries were reported.
NBC News apologizes for editing tape of 911 call
April 4, 2012
NBC News has admitted it erred and has apologized for editing a recording of George Zimmerman’s call to police the night he shot Trayvon Martin.
Romney takes Wisconsin, Maryland, D.C.
April 4, 2012
Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, sweeping primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., with time left over to swap charges with President Barack Obama.
Briggs Auto Group reports burglary, damage to vehicles
April 4, 2012
Briggs Auto Group, in the 2900 block of Four Wheel Drive, reported a burglary and damage to several vehicles happened between midnight March 24 and 8 a.m. March 31, according to police records.
Lawrence woman reports 1998 Ford Taurus as stolen
April 4, 2012
A 49-year-old Lawrence woman reported her 1998 Ford Taurus, valued at $2,000, stolen from the 3700 block of Pinnacle Court on March 29, according to police records.
Police recover stolen vehicle on Saturday
April 4, 2012
On Saturday, police recovered a 2011 Nissan Sentra that was reported stolen from the 1600 block of Haskell Avenue on March 29, according to police records.
Lawrence man reports auto parts worth $17,000 stolen Sunday
April 4, 2012
A 31-year-old Lawrence man reported $17,000 worth of auto parts and accessories stolen from the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street on Sunday, according to police records.
Lawrence man reports aggravated burglary
April 4, 2012
A 70-year-old Lawrence man reported an aggravated burglary in the 600 block of Connecticut Street just after midnight Sunday, according to police records.
High school student from Lawrence named Achievement Scholar
April 4, 2012
A Lawrence resident who attends Topeka High School is among 800 black American high school seniors to be recognized as an Achievement Scholar through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
KU fans welcome home basketball team after run at championship
April 4, 2012
They may not have returned as champions, but at least they got a hero’s welcome.
Heard on the Hill: Watch out for fake basketball accounts on Twitter; KU profs compare men’s, women’s basketball coaching salaries; student Sarah Stern one of Glamour mag’s Top College Women for 2012
April 4, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Case sets strip-search precedent
April 4, 2012
Now that March Madness has come to an end, it is the season to begin watching the Supreme Court of the United States with great attention. Last week, the court heard three days of argument on the Affordable Health Care Act, and on Monday the court released its decision in the case of Florence v. Board of Freeholders, a New Jersey case concerned with the constitutional limits on when corrections officials may do strip searches of people in custody. The decision in the health care case undoubtedly is going to take some time, and how the justices will vote on the various issues presented by the case is still difficult to determine. However, the decision in the Florence case is now published and its facts and reasoning are important.
25 years ago: Death penalty bill defeated in Topeka
April 4, 2012
In Topeka this week, the Kansas Senate rejected a bill that would have restored capital punishment in Kansas.
40 years ago: Drug use shifting to lower ages
April 4, 2012
Drug use in Lawrence was “worse in the high school and junior highs — part of a nationwide shift.”
100 years ago: KU students enjoy ‘spring vacation’ before final push
April 4, 2012
“Foremost in the minds of the students there looms one big specter, the ‘finals.’”
LHS softball drops doubleheader
April 4, 2012
Lawrence High softball dropped a doubleheader at Olathe North, 15-5 and 14-4, on Tuesday, both by run-rule.
Free State tennis second at quad
April 4, 2012
The Free State boys tennis team placed second at its home quadrangular on Tuesday at FSHS.
LHS tennis falls to Bonner Springs
April 4, 2012
Lawrence High’s Matt Grom, Pace Leggins and Jeremy Dean won singles matches, but the LHS boys tennis team fell to Bonner Springs, 6-3, on Tuesday at LHS.
FSHS soccer wins 4-1 against SMS
April 4, 2012
Free State defeated Shawnee Mission South, 4-1, on Tuesday to move to 2-0 on the season.
LHS soccer disjointed in Olathe North loss
April 4, 2012
They were all wearing the same uniforms, but Lawrence High’s girls soccer players just couldn’t get much else going in unison Tuesday night.
FSHS softball falters in season opener
April 4, 2012
One of Free State High softball coach Lee Ice’s biggest concerns heading into the Firebirds’ season opener was how his two sophomore pitchers would react.
SMNW slams LHS baseball
April 4, 2012
Some nights on the diamond are rough enough to make baseball seem a little more like football.
Lady Bears complete 40-0 season
April 4, 2012 in print edition on B2
Brittney Griner and Baylor left no doubt they’re head and shoulders above any team in the country. In fact, they’re perfect.
KU baseball falls, 7-3, to Creighton
April 4, 2012
The Kansas University baseball team gave up seven extra-base hits and lost 7-3 to Creighton on Tuesday at TD Ameritrade Ballpark.
Firebirds baseball finally grabs first win, in extras against SM South
April 4, 2012
Free State High’s baseball scoreboard looked like something only a computer could love.
A Self-ish team: KU coach proud of, thankful for maximum-effort squad
April 4, 2012
Bill Self will never forget his gritty 2011-12 Kansas University basketball team — one that went 32-7, won the school’s eighth-straight Big 12 title and placed second to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament.
Amazing ‘11-12 Jayhawks came far
April 4, 2012
Thomas Robinson left his feet and kept going higher, higher, higher than anyone could have expected an athlete to go so late in such a physical game. He grabbed the defensive rebound and secured it with two hands this time.
How former Jayhawks fared (April 4)
April 4, 2012 in print edition on B6
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 3.
Welcome help
April 4, 2012
Several weeks ago, I received a notice about THE BIG EVENT when KU students and faculty do kind things for Lawrence residents as a thank-you to the community.
Imposed beliefs
April 4, 2012
The Kansas House, on March 29, passed legislation that would allow a religious defense to discrimination against gays. The bill is called the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act.
Special concerns
The state should consider taking some additional time to consider the managed care needs of people with developmental disabilities.
April 4, 2012
It’s good to know that state legislators still are trying to address the concerns that families and advocates of developmentally disabled Kansans have about a new managed care system that is part of the governor’s plan to reform Medicaid.
New effort aims to reduce wasteful medical spending
April 4, 2012
Old checklist for doctors: order that test, write that prescription. New checklist for doctors: first ask yourself if the patient really needs it.
Horoscope for April 4
April 4, 2012
For Wednesday, April 4: This year frustration plays out with confusion. You have the ability to find clarity by asking questions and confirming what you hear. By your next birthday, you could become a master of communication. If you are single, someone quite desirable pops into your life from summer on. If you are attached, the two of you become closer as you learn to communicate more effectively.
New sitcom is familiar, yet novel
April 4, 2012
A generation removed from “Three’s Company,” the sitcom “Best Friends Forever” (7:30 p.m., NBC) revisits the “two girls and a guy sharing an apartment” story. The results are more deflating than stimulating — at least for Joe (Luka Jones), the guy in the triangle.